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Using VR for training with immersive devices

Virtual reality technology has opened up new opportunities for training our employees. With immersive learning, you can take your employees to any place or situation imaginable. You can interact with equipment or other items that would be difficult, expensive, or impossible to get in a real-world training environment. The only limit is your imagination.

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5 Popular Ways to Learn to Build VR – and Why They Work!

Learn how you can use virtual reality training in your company to gain real-world experience and increase productivity in the workplace.

Virtual reality to facilitate practical training

In this series, 5 training instances are presented in which VR is outstanding. Use these examples to get inspiration for your own immersive learning projects. Remember, anything is possible in virtual reality! Of course, you might be thinking of the old adage, “Just because you can doesn’t mean you should.” Or even, “If it ain’t broken, why fix it?” Perhaps your traditional eLearning program is working fine. Or maybe it’s time to take your eLearning to ROCKSTAR status with VR! Download the eBook to explore all 5 use cases and take advantage of the virtual reality training possibilities.

When your employees need hands-on training with devices or processes but cannot physically do it due to office closures, space constraints, health risks, or other challenges, VR can often replicate the experience just as effectively.

Training in VR not only requires less equipment for hands-on training, it also saves money by reducing wear and tear on your machines and extending their lifespan. Virtual reality works well for safely training users on devices such as the following:

  • Medical and surgical equipment
  • Planes and helicopters
  • Heavy machinery like forklifts, cranes and excavators

Ultrasound training

Vanderbilt University School of Nursing’s VR ultrasound training is a successful example of this. The university has had a growing number of nursing schools and on-site ultrasound imaging is fast becoming a sought-after skill. However, the cost of clinical equipment and the availability of instructors prevented the university from training all students on ultrasound machines.

To support the demand for ultrasound skills and cost-effectively scale their clinical education environment, professors had to think outside the box. They purchased CenarioVR┬«, a virtual reality course creation application, to inexpensively replicate the clinical environment in virtual reality. In order to capture the experience of operating ultrasound machines, three different media components were combined to simulate the clinical environment: 360-degree video of the interactions between doctor and patient from two different camera angles; a view from top to bottom with graphic, anatomical overlays; and streaming video of the ultrasound output, timed to precisely match the instructor’s interaction with the patient.

Each video scenario has been enhanced with additional instructional elements in the top-down view of the patient, e.g. B. Drawings of anatomical elements that appear when selected. Questions, comments, buttons, and hotspots have been added to enforce key concepts and to interview students about probe placement.

Why it works

While eLearning can show students how to set up the ultrasound console, it cannot adequately demonstrate doctors how to properly use the probe on a patient, especially when trying to identify the anatomy being scanned. By replacing much of the didactic training with virtual environmental experiences, students can remotely interact with this content, orientate themselves on the anatomical features being scanned, and view the ultrasound output in real time across the field of view, which is consistent with what the clinician does to the patient.

The virtual experience allows all students to train at the same time instead of waiting for an ultrasound machine or teacher to be available. In addition, the likelihood of a student encountering patients with specific and diverse problems during face-to-face training is low, so VR provides the ability to interpret multiple scenarios and patient states.


Since the introduction of the immersive learning module in spring 2019, every student has reported having a more efficient training experience with the ultrasound probes. Additionally, Vanderbilt University has avoided the need to purchase additional ultrasound equipment and reported savings of $ 588,000 by not purchasing additional ultrasound equipment or hiring additional instructors.

Download the eBook 5 Popular Ways Of Learning In VR – And Why They Work! Explore the many uses for VR training in your employee development strategy, from security courses to virtual events.


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